Lord Stirling Park


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Park Overview:

This western portion of the Great Swamp Basin includes over eight miles of trails, two wildlife observation blinds and two observation towers.

Trail Uses:Hiking, X-C skiing, Handicapped
Dogs:No dogs
Trail Miles:8.5 miles
Park Acreage:950 acres
Web Map:Trail Map
Park Description:

The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center is located within Lord Stirling Park which encompasses 950 acres of the western portion of the Great Swamp Basin. The variety of habitats consisting of floodplains, swamps, rivers, intermittent streams, marshes, meadows, together with natural and man-made ponds, fields, and forests provide homes for diverse plant and animal populations in this environmentally sensitive park.

Trails Overview:

Over eight miles of hiking trails loop their way around and through the park, including three miles of boardwalks [handicapped-accessible], two wildlife observation blinds, and two observation towers.   Use Web Map link above for a trail map.

  • An additional 525 acres of the park is set aside as an equestrian area, with no foot traffic allowed.
  • Alert:  The hiking trail system at the environmental center is sometimes closed; see the park's web page for dates. A 500-foot-long section of the 0.7-mile Boondocks Boardwalk, at the northern end of the park, was damaged by Hurricane Sandy and has been closed since then. A bypass is provided around the closed section of boardwalk. As of spring 2016, funds have been raised to permit the repair of this section, and it will hopefully reopen in the near future.

Near Exit 30A of I-287. For map and written directions use the Contact Information below. [Google Maps: "190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920"]

Contact Information:Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center
Region:Morris County